Illinois Sunset – Photo A Day


Illinois Sunset over Horseshoe Lake State Park.

The challenge: Keeping the beautiful colors without losing the blue sky and starburst effect for the sun. I managed to keep the colors but could not get the starburst pattern. This lens only goes to f/16 and f/22 is usually the setting (at least from what I’ve read). Half failure, half success. I did get out and use my camera in different lighting so perhaps it’s 3/4 success and only 1/4 fail :D.


The lesson learned: I spot metered the dark bank, locked exposure and recomposed. Metering the sky or sun wasn’t working, too bright or too dark. Flourescent white balance looks the most like what was seen by the eye. Patience! Not sticking around for another 15 to 20 mins AFTER the sunset. I ended up missing the real show. I left a little dissappointed right after it fell below the horizon,, the sky was not all lit up in color as anticipated. When I pulled up in my driveway and looked over, the clouds were lit with pinks and purples and my heart sank. Patience. I learned I need to be patient.

My camera equipment used for this day were:

Nikon D610

Nikkor 85.0mm f/1.8 G lens

Sun is Main Light



1/80th f/16 ISO 200day3coll